Arab News: Sentence in subic case seen as “harsh” Op-Ed

December 8, 2006 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

A article in the Op-Ed section of the Jedd-ah based Arab news called the ssentence in the Subic case ‘too harsh’ ; the Op-ed piece written by a normally very critical Arab press of anything US or Military seems to highlight the view most have in the world that while A justified conviction the case in and of itself did have a very ‘political’ side to it beyond the crime committed versus ‘Nicole’.

But – imagine if the death penalty was in place still. Then by the old definition of the law the ssentence might have been even stronger. Working the Police beat all those years on local TV and later as reporter on a segment that went after those ‘Wanted’ for crimes I saw scores of cases like this – some much more glaring – others somewhat forgotten after time passed. While Op-ed writer in Arabia see’s the Judge’s verdict as ‘harsh’ per law and supreme court rulings it falls on him to ssentence as the law calls for it to be always on the terms of the laws fullest extent.


Sentence of US Marine in Subic Rape Case Too Harsh
Rasheed Abou-Alsamh, Arab News
JEDDAH, 8 December 2006 — ALTHOUGH the conviction of US Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith on Monday afternoon by the Makati Regional Trial Court was fair in my opinion, because of the overwhelming amount of physical evidence collected and presented during the trial, I think the sentence of life imprisonment of up to 40 years was too harsh. The whole trial seemed to me to also be about the relationship between the once-colonized Filipinos and their ex-masters, the Americans….”[]


It does take a different view of things from a place where filipino’s make up one of the largest minority groups – and local Arab the public opinion versus the USA military is high in particular on issues of abuse by US service members.


Entry filed under: fil-am, Filipino, filipino-american, freedom of speech, news, News and politics, philippines, Pinoy, President Arroyo, subic rape case, USA, war, war on terror.

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